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Quantis supports FPE guidance for life cycle assessment of flexible packaging

The European flexible packaging industry, led by Quantis and experts from six companies plus FPE, has released new guidance for environmentally assessing flexible packaging from a life cycle perspective.

A guidance to support the environmental assessment of flexible packaging solutions from a life cycle thinking perspective has just been provided by the European flexible packaging industry. It was elaborated by the environmental sustainability consultancy Quantis in collaboration with experts from six European flexible packaging converting companies and the association Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) and its content is publicly available.

The guidance for life cycle assessment (LCA) of flexible packaging aims to ease the process of conducting LCAs involving flexible packaging and reduce documentation requirements. It is intended for use by LCA practitioners along the flexible packaging value chain but can also be of help for reviewers of such LCAs who have the methodological knowledge but not the necessary product related expertise.

The content addresses the relevant and accepted LCA standards, and in the case of existing gaps in numbers or methodology, it provides average data and applicable solutions.

Experts of the flexible packaging industry have been involved in developing the guidance in order to achieve a high level of expertise with the aim to align different methodologies for LCAs of flexible packaging systems and ensure consistency in approach and quality across the industry.

“Flexible Packaging Europe and its members have always promoted life cycle thinking to foster fair and credible environmental impact assessments of products. This guidance specifically conceived for LCA practitioners along the flexible packaging value chain will help make proper evaluation and right choices when designing packaging systems, bringing into light the competitive environmental performances of flexible packaging solutions.”

Jean-Paul Duquet, Director Sustainability of Flexible Packaging Europe

The guidance explains the method of conducting an LCA for flexible packaging, starting with the definition of the goal, scope and system boundaries. It covers the stages of the life cycle and provides applicable data for modelling relevant production processes of flexible packaging. It renders advice on for example how to deal with recycled content when modelling the input data. More general topics related to LCAs are also addressed, such as life cycle impact categories, data interpretation and uncertainty or sensitivity analysis. Likewise, it covers potential limitations for the LCA, how to draw conclusions from the modelled data and what is important for submitting the LCA to a critical review.

"Quantis is proud to have led the technical development and drafting of this LCA guidance, working closely with industry leaders to ensure its applicability and impact. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in advancing sustainable practices within the flexible packaging sector.”

Patricia Granados, Sustainability Expert and Project Manager, Quantis, and Laura Peano, Principal Plastics & Packaging Expert, Quantis

The European flexible packaging industry is committed to supporting Europe’s transition to a circular and resource-efficient economy. This commitment involves eco-designing flexible packaging to minimize environmental impacts while maintaining its essential role in the safe and proper delivery of food, medical, pharmaceutical, home, and personal care products. In this context, the life cycle approach is critical and this guidance can be of valuable support to all stakeholders in the flexible packaging value chain.

About Flexible Packaging Europe

Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) is the industry association representing the interests of more than 80 small, medium-sized companies, and multinational manufacturers. Those operate with workforce of 57,000+ people at more than 350 sites all over Europe. The member companies account for more than 85% of European sales of flexible packaging made of different materials, mainly plastics, aluminium, and paper. More than half of all food products sold on the European retail markets are packed with flexible packaging.

More info at www.flexpack-europe.org

 

Further information: Patrick Altenstrasser, Manager Communications (altenstrasser@flexpack-europe.org)

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New global standard for emission avoidance: 9 financial leaders choose Quantis to build the database

Quantis is thrilled to support the creation of a global standard for evaluating avoided emissions, a pivotal initiative tailored for the financial sector in the transition to sustainable practices. While current emissions data focuses on direct and estimated indirect emissions, a standardized database for emission avoidance factors will provide a comprehensive framework for assessing contributions and comparing sustainable solutions.

This initiative is significant for economic players, offering transparency and comparability in estimating emissions avoided by financed activities. The database, built by Quantis and I Care by Bearing Point, initially covering 80 low-carbon solutions, aims to create approximately 9,600 distinct avoidance factors by Q4 2024, providing detailed information on functional units, carbon footprints, reference scenarios, solution lifespans, time value of carbon, and rebound effects. This standardized and transparent database is poised to facilitate precise calculations, comparisons, and audits of emissions avoided by companies and projects, thereby influencing the redirection of financial resources toward assets promoting decarbonization.

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The SPICE initiative unveils environmental taskforce for reuse solutions

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics – SPICE – announces the launch of a new taskforce for identifying relevant reuse solutions in response to the evolving landscape of the sector, after five successful years of industry collaboration to tackle the environmental challenges of cosmetics and personal care packaging.

The SPICE initiative, co-founded by L’Oréal and Quantis in 2018 and now composed of 36 industry players, is thrilled to unveil a dedicated taskforce geared towards advancing packaging reuse solutions.

To help shift reuse into the mainstream, SPICE recognizes the imperative to promote and accelerate meaningful reuse solutions at scale, as a critical component in aligning the beauty industry with planetary boundaries. By championing ecodesign principles and building on the 3 R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—SPICE strives to optimize packaging solutions and continue foster a circular economy mindset.

The taskforce’s ultimate goal? To build a common methodology and tool for assessing the environmental impact of any packaging reuse models, including return, refill, at-home, and in-store options, and integrate these valuable insights into a comprehensive framework. The taskforce will draw on SPICE members’ – such as L’Oréal, LVMH or Unilever Prestige – extensive experience in reuse. Notably, each participant of the taskforce will share Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and insights to support the initiative and L’Oréal will make available its internal advanced and comprehensive reuse assessment tool. This sharing will thus accelerate the SPICE work on reuse, allowing robust and scientific comparison for sound decision on reuse packaging models for the cosmetics industry.

SPICE looks forward to sharing updates on these pioneering initiatives and the positive impact they will have on shaping a more sustainable future for packaging.

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Setting environmental footprint standards for the global healthcare sector

Quantis is grateful to support the decarbonization of the global healthcare sector through our work with the Sustainable Markets Initiative Health Systems Task Force, developing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard to improve transparency and shape the assessment and reduction of medicines’ environmental impact across the value chain.

The healthcare sector is responsible for around 5% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with over half of that coming from manufacturing supply chains. As a public-private partnership launched at COP26, the Task Force is also pursuing various other initiatives to promote decarbonization in global healthcare, such as discussions with energy providers in China and India to promote renewable energy in the supply chain. This is the first partnership of its kind in which large companies in healthcare, such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Novo Nordisk and Roche, have joined forces across these regions to pursue carbon reduction initiatives collaboratively.

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Quantis + WBCSD launch Freshwater Accountability Accelerator

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The Freshwater Accountability Accelerator aims to merge frameworks into one place so that companies have clear guidance on the requirements for setting effective water targets.

Quantis is proud to announce our collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in developing a new effort to accelerate corporate freshwater accountability. The Freshwater Accountability Accelerator will support businesses by streamlining application guidance as it relates to setting water targets and disclosing water-related information. The initiative will provide:

  • A harmonized user journey for freshwater accounting, target-setting, disclosure, assurance and communication synthesizing information from leading frameworks
  • Clarification of data requirements, choice of water accounting, risk indicators and metrics
  • Technical support for WBCSD members on operationalizing the guidance

“Our global water resources are at great risk, and so are businesses that depend on and impact them. The Freshwater Accountability Accelerator will aim to provide companies with a streamlined journey to identify pressing water challenges across their value chains. It will also support them with setting ambitious targets to operate within local planetary boundaries and reporting back on actions that contribute to global water security as much as their own business continuity and resilience,” says Tatiana Fedotova, Global Water Lead at Quantis.

The integration of various frameworks and standards

With many emerging frameworks and standards — Science Based Targets for nature (the first release due later in 2023, will include freshwater methods), the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) — it can be difficult for businesses to coordinate their water-related goals to meet the outlined requirements. The Freshwater Accountability Accelerator aims to merge these frameworks into one place so that companies have clear guidance on the requirements for setting effective water targets. This initiative will be developed throughout the year to ensure that companies demonstrate their progress toward ambitious freshwater commitments.

Read the full press release here.

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EU adopts historic agreement to achieve it climate objectives

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On December 17th, 2022, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached an historic provisional agreement on critical legislative proposals of the ‘Fit for 55’ package aiming to further reduce emissions and address their social impacts. The deal is provisional pending formal adoption in both institutions.

Originally proposed in 2021 by the European Commission, the scheme elevates  the EU-27 ambitions to combat climate change and to achieve the European climate plan’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. In addition to reforming the carbon market, it also  includes several other important measures such as a carbon tax to be paid by households on fuel and on gas or oil heating starting in 2027. This tax, however, will be capped until 2030 and may be postponed for one year if energy prices continue to rise.

The Council and Parliament also agreed to establish a new emissions trading system particularly for the building and road transportation sectors. It also creates a new Social Climate Fund to help vulnerable households and small businesses cope with the new CO2 costs, along with making investments in energy-saving and other green technologies.

This agreement promises to deliver ambitious legislation, putting  European nations at the front line of the global fight against climate change.

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Quantis is joining BCG to accelerate sustainable business transformation!

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BCG's acquisition of Quantis will enable us to accelerate our mission of driving sustainable transformation to bring business and nature in balance.

Quantis is thrilled to announce we’re joining forces with Boston Consulting Group (BCG)! BCG’s acquisition of Quantis will enable us to accelerate our mission of driving sustainable transformation to bring business and nature in balance. 

Though Quantis will continue to operate as a standalone business unit within BCG and will retain its brand and teams, the collaboration between our two companies unlocks unparallelled potential for both our clients and the planet.

As an organization, we know the window of opportunity to mitigate the environmental crisis is closing fast and the stakes have never been higher. BCG’s business acumen and best-in-class consulting capabilities paired with Quantis’ deep environmental expertise and mission to align business with planetary boundaries will enable us to amplify our impact.

We’ve long believed that for business to take the transformational leap necessary to align with nature, we can’t continue with business as usual. This doesn’t just apply to our clients, it’s true for Quantis too. That’s why we’ve decided to take our commitment to collaboration — an essential element for driving systemic change — to the next level by teaming up with a leader in the business transformation space.

BCG is the right partner for Quantis. A world-class consultancy, BCG has ambitious sustainability plans that are already in place and is an influential industry voice through engagement at the most important forums of our time, from COP27 to the Science Based Target Network (SBTN). What’s more, it has committed to ensuring science drives the global sustainability agenda. 

This deal gives Quantis a much bigger platform from which to spread and engage others around our mission, fast track transformation and shape a planetary economyan economic system that respects the planet’s ecological limits. 

By teaming up to drive sustainable business transformation, BCG and Quantis will:

  1. Drive greater impact — faster — for the planet than we can alone. We’ll help clients not only assess their environmental impacts and plan to address them, but also transform their organizations to operate within the planet’s capacity. We’ll be able to push for stronger and bolder commitments on nature among CEOs.
  2. Be colleagues and thought partners. Quantis’ scientific approach and renowned environmental expertise are highly valuable and complementary to BCG’s capabilities. Together, we’ll foster collaboration and exchange of ideas as thought partners.
  3. Pursue opportunities in line with our shared conviction. We both agree that business must be at the forefront of driving systemic change. Combining our complementary strengths — BCG’s deep sector expertise and ability to guide clients through complex transformations with Quantis’ scientific prowess and planetary boundaries approach — will create a unique market offering to help clients address the environmental crisis. 
  4. Protect the culture that has made Quantis so successful — and welcome its influence on BCG’s organization. This means retaining the Quantis brand and teams. BCG will safeguard and nurture our distinct culture, which is built on a steadfast commitment to driving true sustainable transformation.

While forward-thinking, future-looking companies are increasingly aware of the high stakes the environmental crisis presents, there still remains a massive gap between commitment and action — and time is running out to avert a worst-case-scenario for the planet. We’re excited to get to work with our new colleagues at BCG to tackle the barriers to systems change and guide businesses in their transformation from business as usual, to business at its best.

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Cosa vuol dire cambiamento climatico?

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Milano, 5 aprile 2022 Cosa vuol dire cambiamento climatico? Che livello di complessità sottende quest’espressione, entrata nell’uso comune? In cosa si traducono, nel concreto, gli impegni che sempre più attori stanno intraprendendo per rispondervi? Se i suoi effetti sono ormai sotto gli occhi di tutti, il “vocabolario” del cambiamento verso la sostenibilità ambientale non è altrettanto diffuso. Lessico articolato, per un fenomeno complesso quale il Climate Change, dalle molteplici implicazioni scientifiche, economiche e sociali.

Quantis, società leader per la consulenza ambientale, ha provato a fare chiarezza individuando le 10 parole chiave (più una) che, in questo 2022, entreranno sempre più nel dibattito quotidiano sul riscaldamento globale del pianeta. Un glossario sul clima che vuole essere un vademecum per comprendere la portata degli impegni che i Governi, le aziende e le organizzazioni stanno sottoscrivendo, e aiutare i consumatori ad orientarsi tra le affermazioni ed i claim di mercato.

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Che livello di complessità sottende quest’espressione, entrata nell’uso comune?

Simone Pedrazzini, Director Quantis Italia commenta: “Le parole sono importanti, non solo nella vita quotidiana, come ci ricordava un grande regista. Alla crescente attenzione, e mobilitazione della società civile verso la sostenibilità, ha fatto eco negli ultimi anni un crescente e positivo impegno di Paesi, organizzazioni e aziende. Per questo motivo crediamo possa essere interessante e di valore approfondire alcune delle parole chiave che si sono andate diffondendo. Dall’incomprensione nasce la possibilità di fraintendimento e quindi il greenwashing; al contrario gli impegni positivi possono essere valorizzati dalla chiarezza espositiva”.

  1. Antropocene

L’epoca geologica attuale in cui l’ambiente terrestre, nell’insieme delle sue caratteristiche fisiche, chimiche e biologiche, è fortemente condizionato dagli effetti dell’azione umana. Secondo gli studiosi questa nuova epoca geologica potrebbe essere iniziata alla fine del XVIII secolo, con la prima Rivoluzione Industriale: Antropocene, come indica il nome stesso coniato nel 2000 dal chimico e premio Nobel olandese Paul Crutzen, rappresenta quindi l’era dell’uomo, il periodo in cui gli esseri umani hanno un impatto enorme su tutti gli ecosistemi terrestri. Il report IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) del 9 agosto 2021 ha avvalorato, senza lasciare adito a dubbi, questo impatto: per la prima volta attraverso una scelta lessicale risolutiva, definendo inequivocabile l’influenza delle attività umane sulle concentrazioni aumentate di gas serra nell’atmosfera.

  1. Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint, o impronta di carbonio è un parametro che quantifica le emissioni di gas a effetto serra (o greenhouse gases, GHGs) causate da un prodotto, da un servizio, da un’organizzazione, da un evento o da un individuo, espresse in tonnellate di CO2 equivalente.

Nel caso delle aziende, nell’analisi della propria Footprint, è utile ricordare una definizione relativa alla differenza tra lo Scope delle emissioni.

Si definiscono:

  • Scope 1 le emissioni dirette di gas serra da parte delle imprese (emissioni derivanti dalla combustione di caldaie, forni o veicoli di proprietà, ecc)
  • Scope 2: le emissioni indirette di GHG dovute a elettricità utilizzata per le attività “core” del business, sia legate all’attività produttiva che ai servizi
  • Scope 3: tutte le altre emissioni indirette di GHG, conseguenza delle attività dell’azienda, che provengono da fonti non possedute o controllate dall’azienda, in genere come risultato delle attività di fornitori e clienti. In questo scope si trovano ad esempio le emissioni generate alla produzione delle materie prime, la logistica e la fase d’uso e fine vita dei prodotti venduti dall‘azienda.
  1. Climate Change Mitigation

La mitigazione del cambiamento climatico (Climate Change Mitigation) si ottiene limitando o prevenendo le emissioni di gas a effetto serra e potenziando le attività che rimuovono questi gas dall’atmosfera.

  1. Climate Neutrality

Per Climate Neutrality si intende il processo di raggiungimento di un equilibrio tra le emissioni e l’assorbimento di gas climalteranti in atmosfera. Un concetto simile, ma più vasto rispetto a quello di Carbon Neutrality, che faceva riferimento alla sola anidride carbonica, allargando l’ambito a tutti i GHGs. L’Unione Europea, in linea con gli impegni presi negli Accordi di Parigi del 2015 e ribaditi nella recente COP 26 a Glasgow, si è data l’obiettivo della neutralità climatica entro il 2050 e l’ha posta al centro del Green Deal.

  1. Climate Strategy

Per Climate Strategy si intende la definizione di obiettivi basati su una quantificazione puntuale delle proprie emissioni, per attivare un percorso virtuoso, e costruire una tabella di marcia per raggiungerli. Una Climate Strategy indica le tappe di un percorso molto concreto verso la decarbonizzazione ed implica la scelta di azioni e innovazioni da adottare; verifiche da effettuare lungo le catene del valore; cambiamento nei prodotti e modelli di business; implementazione della governance a supporto.

Una volta che un’organizzazione abbia compreso le sue diverse emissioni, identificando quelli che in gergo si chiamano “hotspot”, punti caldi dal punto di vista dell’impatto climatico, potrà impostare una strategia di sostenibilità che cerchi di ridurre questi hotspot: in primis attraverso l’abbattimento, e se possibile l’eliminazione, delle sue emissioni di gas a effetto serra.

  1. Net Zero

Una Net-Zero strategy prevede la riduzione attiva delle emissioni nella propria catena del valore e la rimozione unicamente di quella porzione residua di GHG che non possa essere eliminata per raggiungere il bilanciamento tra emissioni e rimozioni entro il 2050. Questo concetto, diversamente dal precedente, coincide con il lessico della “call to action” lanciata da IPCC, già citata, per limitare l’innalzamento delle temperature non oltre 1.5°rispetto all’età pre-industriale. Net zero strategy è un concetto più vasto rispetto a quello di “climate neutral” e che sottende non solo un obiettivo finale (bilancio tra emissioni e rimozioni) ma anche un percorso virtuoso e ben definito per raggiungerlo.

  1. Science Based Target Initiative

Si tratta di una partnership tra Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) e World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) che si ripromette di dare corpo, a livello aziendale, agli impegni presi durante gli Accordi di Parigi per il contenimento dell’innalzamento delle temperature a + 1.5°rispetto all’età pre-industriale.

Aderire a SBTI significa dapprima mappare la situazione corrente delle emissioni legate all’attività aziendale, impegnarsi pubblicamente per garantire che la propria Climate Strategy sia in linea con gli obiettivi scientifici, aderendo ad un framework internazionalmente condiviso, con obiettivi analoghi per aziende paragonabili per dimensione o settori.

Soprattutto con riferimento ai due termini che seguono, cruciali ma di interpretazione molto variabile tra diverse fonti abbiamo scelto di privilegiare il lessico appunto di SBTI, che ha adottato per il 2022 un lessico particolarmente efficace e volutamente polarizzante.

  1. Riduzione

Ridurre significa evitare la generazione, nella fase produttiva di beni, servizi ed energia, di gas ad effetto serra (GHG). In inglese viene definita Abatement (riduzione nella propria value chain).

L’IPCC ha sottolineato la necessità di dare priorità a profonde riduzioni delle emissioni di CO2 (41-58% entro il 2030 e 91-95% entro il 2050) nonché alle riduzioni delle emissioni di metano (CH4) e protossido di azoto (ON2).

  1. Compensazione

Con il termine italiano compensazione facciamo riferimento a due tipologie di intervento: interventi di rimozione (Neutralization in inglese), che hanno l’obbiettivo di rimuovere la CO2 dall’atmosfera e stoccarla in maniera permanente, oppure interventi di “evitamento”, che significa riduzione delle emissioni al di fuori della propria value chain (in inglese Avoidance) ovvero il finanziamento di interventi che aiutino altri a ridurre le loro emissioni.

I progetti di rimboschimento, molto noti e popolari, fanno parte di questa categoria; con compensazione si intende spesso anche fare riferimento all’acquisto di “crediti” di CO2 sul mercato “volontario”,  secondo le definizioni previste dal Protocollo di Kyoto entrato in vigore nel 2005. A diverse categorie di compensazione, come visto sopra, faranno riferimento crediti di diversa qualità.

Altri esempi? Processi di stoccaggio del carbonio, ma anche di ripristino del territorio, di ecosistemi quali torbiere, foreste terrestri o mangrovie. La logica è quella del reintegro di risorse ambientali depauperate con risorse equivalenti: sono molto diffusi anche progetti di creazione di habitat umidi o di salvaguardia della biodiversità, ma richiedono un attento monitoraggio perché il loro effetto positivo potrebbe, ad esempio, dispiegarsi nel medio-lungo periodo, in un orizzonte temporale diverso rispetto al danno ambientale che intendono “pareggiare”.

Lo standard SBTI al proposito sottolinea, rispetto a quelle misure che le aziende adottano per rimuovere il carbonio dall’atmosfera e immagazzinarlo in modo permanente, la necessità di fare ricorso alla compensazione solo per controbilanciare l’impatto di quelle emissioni che rimangono invariate, dopo avere implementato profonde azioni di riduzione (vedi #8).

  1. Greenwashing

Greenwashing è un neologismo composto dalle parole green (ecologico) e whitewash (insabbiare, nascondere qualcosa). Con questo termine si indica l’insieme di strategie di comunicazione e iniziative marketing – attuate da aziende, organizzazioni o istituzioni politiche – finalizzate a costruire un’immagine green, allo scopo di distogliere l’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica dagli effetti negativi per l’ambiente, dovuti alle attività o ai prodotti dell’impresa stessa. Il greenwashing può essere volontario o involontario, legato alla mancata comprensione degli impatti reali di una scelta aziendale rispetto alla “big picture”, al quadro di riferimento ben più ampio degli effetti dell’intera attività produttiva sull’ambiente, che si ottiene invece con una precisa mappatura degli “hotspot” ambientali.

10+1.Planetary Boundaries

La definizione di Planetary Boundaries, i “confini planetari”, fa riferimento ad un modello scientifico recente (2009) che prese le mosse dal celebre “The limit of Growth” del Club di Roma (1972) e ne offre una formulazione  più completa  e precisa. I Planetary Boundaries corrispondono a 9 aree operative (operating space) che l’umanità dovrebbe monitorare con regolarità, per continuare ad agire nel perimetro di salvaguardia ambientale e rispetto alle quali sono necessari interventi mirati al fine di perseguire uno sviluppo rispettoso della sostenibilità.

Si tratta cioè di limiti ambientali entro i quali l’umanità può operare in sicurezza, superati i quali possono verificarsi cambiamenti ambientali bruschi e irreversibili con gravi conseguenze. I 9 confini planetari sono:

  1. Cambiamento climatico (limite già superato),
  2. Cambiamento dell’integrità della biosfera – perdita di biodiversità ed estinzione di specie (limite già superato)
  3. Esaurimento stratosferico dell’ozono, assottigliamento dello strato d’ozono
  4. Acidificazione degli oceani
  5. Flussi biogeochimici – cicli del fosforo e dell’azoto (limite già superato)
  6. Cambiamento del sistema-terrestre, uso del suolo (limite già superato)
  7. Disponibilità di acqua dolce
  8. Carico di aerosol atmosferico (particelle microscopiche nell’atmosfera che influiscono sul clima e sugli organismi viventi)
  9. Nuove entità (sostanze chimiche sintetiche, plastiche, pesticidi, antibiotici e altre molecole farmaceutiche “attive” – particelle con potenziali effetti geofisici e/o biologici indesiderati). Anche quest’ultimo limite è stato superato come evidenziato da un recente paper scientifico (gennaio 2022, “Outside the Safe Operating Space of the Planetary Boundary for Novel Entities”), che per primo ha stimato il superamento del limite consentito in termini di plastica, pesticidi, composti industriali e sostanze chimiche sintetiche.

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Co-creating a science-based approach for greater product transparency with major cosmetics players

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Quantis looks forward to joining forces with the consortium to ensure a robust and scientific assessment methodology and scoring system to guide the sector forward.

Quantis is thrilled to announce our collaboration with leading beauty brands to co-design a voluntary environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetic products.

Working closely with the 36 members of the new EcoBeautyScore Consortium — including HenkelL’OréalLVMH, Natura & Co and Unilever — we’ll bring our scientific expertise to develop a common method for measuring environmental impacts inspired from the EU’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method.

The consortium is open to all cosmetics companies and aims at designing a system to enable consumers to compare products within the same category. By taking into account the entire product life cycle in the overall score, the ambition is to inform consumers of the environmental impact of products — meeting the growing demand for greater transparency and driving more sustainable consumption choices.

A common method backed by science

As the technical expert, we will help develop a robust and scientific approach ensuring that efforts to co-build the voluntary assessment methodology and scoring system are guided by and articulated around:

  • A common method for measuring environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of products, backed by the principles of the “Product Environmental Footprint” (the European Union’s PEF scientific method based on life cycle assessment (LCA) for quantifying the environmental footprint of products).
  • A common database of environmental impacts of standard ingredients and raw materials used in formulas and packaging, as well as during product usage.
  • A common tool that enables the assessment of the environmental impact of individual products, usable by non-experts.
  • A harmonized scoring system that enables companies to inform consumers about the environmental footprint of their cosmetic products.

The methodology, database, tool and scoring system will be verified by independent parties.

To drive the level of change needed, companies must look beyond their own walls and collaborate with competitors to build solutions at the industry level. As technical expert of the consortium, Quantis looks forward to joining forces  on this robust and scientific assessment methodology and scoring system to guide the sector forward.

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Get in touch with Emmanuel Hembert to learn more about the consortium.

Emmanuel Hembert
Global Cosmetics + Personal Care Lead
Quantis

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Quantis pioneers CO2 removal accounting for trees and soils

Quantis pioneers CO2 removal accounting for trees and soils
Quantis pioneers CO2 removal accounting for trees and soils

The major strength of the approach outlined in the new methodology is that the climate benefit can be accounted for when it occurs, and remain so as long as the carbon stays stored, which overcomes the uncertainty of the future and incentivizes longer-term and much-needed climate action.

With the release of farm-level carbon sequestration guidelines for the dairy industry — C-Sequ —, alongside those for perennial crops just out this week, Quantis is piloting a new approach to carbon sequestration accounting to inspire industry-wide change and tackle the difficulty companies face in predicting the future. The guidelines, co-created with Cool Farm Alliance, soil scientists and industry organizations, aim to encourage science-based methods that enable credible accounting for carbon sequestration, improved decision-making and better progress-tracking.

Land-based industries have a critical role to play in preventing us from crossing irreversible climate tipping points. Business needs to embark on profound transformation to reduce emissions but also remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Because GHG emissions can’t be feasibly reduced to zero, permanent removals of CO2 from the atmosphere through carbon sequestration in soils and new biomass (e.g., reforestation) will be critical to keep global temperature rise from exceeding 1.5°C. To do this, agriculture will need to pivot from being a source of emissions (e.g., deforestation), to serving as a sink: drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in land — and keeping it there.

The concept of removing CO2 from the atmosphere is straightforward, and the science and uncertainties of carbon sequestration in soils and perennial systems are becoming well understood. But there’s currently no consensus on how to account for carbon drawdown by trees and soils in corporate and product footprinting. Ensuring permanency is especially challenging for agriculture, since what we grow and where we grow it changes frequently as a result of market shifts, changes in land ownership and, increasingly, climate change. A lack of clear accounting guidelines for carbon sequestration has also led to misleading calculations and claims regarding how soils and trees influence GHG accounting and generated considerable confusion within the sustainability community.

The guidelines tackle this by spelling out that there must be a change in land management or land-use that increases the sequestration of CO2 from the previous state. In other words, there must be evidence that there has been a change in practice that has led to an increase in sequestered carbon beyond business as usual. For every year that CO2 is then known to be removed from the atmosphere, a portion of the long-term climate benefit (i.e. potential to neutralize GHG emissions) can be accounted for. For each additional year that the removed CO2 remains stored in land, an additional portion of the neutralization potential can be accounted for.

A major criticism of taking credit for the carbon stored in trees and soils is that it can easily be re-released back into the atmosphere, thus reversing the climate benefit and leading to false accounting. The major strength of the approach outlined in the new methodology is that the climate benefit can be accounted for when it occurs, and remain so as long as the carbon stays stored, which overcomes the uncertainty of the future and incentivizes longer-term and much-needed climate action. While this approach is not new, it’s application in industry has been largely lacking. Quantis is working to bridge this gap by making the approach actionable for business.

Ultimately, companies need to prioritize GHG emissions reductions over removals through sequestration. The global climate science calls for the latter to be reserved for neutralizing the residual fossil CO2 emissions that cannot be reduced. So before setting targets and strategies for carbon removals, companies need to be able to demonstrate their strategy for reducing fossil CO2 emissions. Removals are not a ticket to continue to emit, but an opportunity to keep global temperatures within 1.5°C if deep GHG emission reductions occur in tandem. Finally, the motivation to achieve climate targets should not preclude other sustainability areas such as water, biodiversity and socioeconomic issues. A robust climate strategy fits within a holistic approach to sustainability which takes into account impact transfer and co-benefits.

Quantis is working to pilot these methodologies, for example through the piloting process to occur ahead of the forthcoming GHG Protocol update.

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Quantis @ IUCN World Conservation Congress

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Quantis was in Marseille last week to talk biodiversity at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Held once every four years, the event brings together thousands of leaders and decision-makers to drive action around nature conservation. It’s the largest gathering for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and policy. Quantis’ CEO Dimitri Caudrelier and Innovation Strategy Lead Marcial Vargas joined discussions with leaders from COP26, Accor, L’Occitane, Kering and others, to dig into concrete action to tackle biodiversity loss — now. 

+ Race to Zero: Dialogue on nature

The links between the climate and biodiversity crises — and how each can greatly amplify the negative consequences of the other — have been clearly demonstrated. Many have called for building synergies between the global efforts to address climate change and the loss of biodiversity. How is this call reflected in how non-state actors, including businesses, are tackling their own emissions and their approaches to the conservation and restoration of nature? The session featured:

  • A presentation by Nigel Topping, the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020.
  • Insights from Quantis’ Dimitri Caudrelier; Brune Poirson, Accor; Megan Morikawa, Iberostar and Yann-Gaël Rio, Danone on navigating the risks and opportunities of nature conservation associated with climate change mitigation measures.

Featuring Dimitri Caudrelier, Quantis CEO

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Quantis @ ChangeNOW: biodiversity, sustainable agriculture + responsible beauty

ChangeNOW: biodiversity, sustainable agriculture + responsible beauty

Quantis took the virtual stage at ChangeNOW last month — the world’s biggest event for the planet. This year’s edition brought together thousands of business leaders, innovators and changemakers for a three-day summit spotlighting the most promising solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Didn’t have the chance to attend? Missed out on our sessions? Fear not! We’ve got you covered with a recap and links to watch the complete sessions below.

ChangeNOW: biodiversity, sustainable agriculture + responsible beauty

Watch Quantis’ sessions for insights on biodiversity decision-making in business, sustainable agriculture for ambitious climate strategy and what it means to be a sustainable beauty business.

1+ The missing link of biodiversity: how to integrate nature into decision making >> WORKSHOP

Quantis Global Biodiversity Solutions & Strategy Lead, Edith Martin, and Absolute Sustainability Advisor, Marcial Vargas, held a workshop on integrating biodiversity impacts into decision-making for business resilience and long-term continuity. Despite big ambitions, most companies’ biodiversity initiatives are falling short, with a wide gap between targets and current progress. Edith and Marcial explored how to create effective strategies and action plans, starting with a comprehensive biodiversity impact assessment, for a science-based approach to tackling nature loss across value chains.

2+ Sustainable agriculture, the new frontier for an ambitious climate strategy in the food industry? >> WORKSHOP

To secure a thriving future for people and planet, we need to halve global GHG emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Transformation of the food system is one of the strongest levers we have to reach these goals, and sustainable agriculture has a key role to play. Many food companies have made ambitious commitments, yet walking the talk on climate can be tough. Why is reducing the impact of food systems so difficult? The challenges — from reducing food waste, to dietary changes and optimizing the way we produce — are complex. Quantis’ Isabelle de Morand, France Food & Agriculture Lead, and Paul Spitzmuller, Sustainability Consultant, dug into regenerative agriculture and other solutions to contribute to solving the climate crisis.

3+ Responsibly beautiful, moderated by Quantis’ Marcial Vargas >> KEYNOTE

What does being a responsible beauty brand look like? Our very own Marcial Vargas was joined by leaders from pioneering brands — Justine Hutteau (co-founder of Respire), Claire Viano (Managing Director France-Benelux, Melvita), Arnaud Lancelot (Co-founder, Cozie) and Anne Wonner (Estampe) — to explore what it means to put sustainability at the core of business models and the key issues on the agendas of sustainability leaders in the beauty and personal care industry.

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Discover eQopack, the ecodesign tool changing the face of packaging

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Deliver on your sustainable packaging commitments with a tailor-made ecodesign solution that speaks the language of your design team. eQopack, the new SaaS tool from Quantis, developed in partnership with digital products company Kleis Technology, brings together robust, science-based metrics with digital expertise to provide companies with an easy-to-use tool for sustainable packaging decisions.

As consumers demand more environmentally conscious packaging, businesses need to transform their design strategies to find lower-impact solutions. Action starts with pinpointing the environmental impacts of packaging alternatives across the entire lifecycle — from raw materials to end of life. eQopack helps designers get to the heart of their hotspots and assess alternatives in just a few clicks, regardless of their level of expertise. It mainstreams ecodesign so that instead of calculating the footprint of a pack on a case-to-case basis, these assessments become standard practice without sending designers back to the drawing board each time.

“eQopack reflects the democratization of sustainability decision-making. By making robust environmental metrics accessible to designers, companies can embed ecodesign into their packaging development processes and accelerate sustainable transformation to match their commitments."

Catherine Zwahlen
Head of Digital Solutions, Quantis

Companies are increasingly looking to ecodesign as a way to promote circularity. Beauty brands have already joined forces to shape innovative packaging solutions across the industry, but not all sectors have had access to the right tools or insights to meet their needs. eQopack brings the necessary ecodesign expertise in-house.

Users of eQopack can input customized datasets and pick and choose the most relevant indicators for their business. From there, they’re able to calculate the footprint of any packaging solution, generate an environmental performance score and simulate different scenarios to bring down the pack’s impact. The tool includes 17 different environmental categories, like climate change and land and water use, and 8 packaging design indicators, including reusability, recycled content, pack-to-product weight ratio and more.

Digital tools like eQopack are changing the game for sustainable decision-making. Are you ready to embed ecodesign into your business’ packaging strategy? Let’s talk!

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Quantis + partners launch new guidelines for corporate plastic stewardship

Today’s the day to turn plastic commitments into action. Quantis partner Verra just launched a new plastic stewardship initiative under the 3R Initiative that establishes the world’s first comprehensive framework for companies to verifiably manage and reduce their plastic footprint. As part of this initiative, Quantis, South Pole, EA, Verra and BV Rio have co-developed the Guidelines for Corporate Plastic Stewardship, which provide best practices for companies to quantify and mitigate their plastic footprints, as well as set credible and science-based commitments to reduce plastic waste.

More than 1,000 organizations have united behind a common vision and targets to create a circular economy for plastic as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy. Many are starting to set targets to collect and recycle the plastic waste they generate. But until now, there has been no integrated framework incorporating best practices for achieving and reporting on goals to collect and recycle plastic. 

We’re in the midst of a plastics crisis that’s rapidly unfolding before us. Businesses hold the power to change course.

We’re in the midst of a plastics crisis that’s rapidly unfolding before us. In just 20 years, annual flows of plastic into the ocean are expected to triple on a ‘business-as-usual’ path, reaching 29 million metric tons by 2040. Businesses hold the power to change course. They need to address the issue by treating the source through measuring their plastic footprints and cutting the tap on plastic leakage. Last year, Quantis and EA launched the Plastic Leak Project (PLP) to help companies do just this. The new Guidelines launched today take PLP even further, providing a comprehensive approach to assessing plastic footprints and waste, and identifying actions within value chains (e.g. avoiding plastic or replacing it where environmentally sensible) to take responsibility for those impacts. They also guide companies to invest beyond their own value chains to address the plastic waste they cannot yet eliminate and communicate credibly along the way. 

We have the tools, now it’s time to use them. Let’s make 2021 the year we tackle plastic.

To learn more about how to get involved and step up to the plastic challenge, contact Anna.

Anna Kounina
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Q&A: The One Planet Summit and mobilizing business for biodiversity

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Biodiversity was top of the international agenda again last week. On January 11th, world leaders gathered virtually for the fourth edition of the One Planet Summit organized by France, the United Nations and the World Bank. Around 30 leaders, government officials, businesses and heads of international organizations participated in the summit to strengthen the link between the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity. We sat down with Edith Martin, Quantis’ Biodiversity Lead, to discuss the key takeaways and what they mean for business.

Q: All eyes were on biodiversity at the One Planet Summit. What were the takeaways?

Edith Martin (EM): 2020 was supposed to be a big year for biodiversity with COP15 and the promise of a Paris-style agreement for nature. Of course, COVID-19 put these on hold, but it also put the nature crisis on the agenda like never before. Naturally, there was a big focus on the link between the pandemic and biodiversity loss, and the far-reaching consequences of environmental degradation. But there was also a major emphasis on solutions. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on business and government leaders to utilize COVID-19 recovery to change course and tap into the business opportunities presented by nature-based solutions$10.1 trillion in business opportunity and millions of new jobs to be exact.

The headline-making news from the summit is the commitment from 50+ countries to protect 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt species extinction and address climate change issues. As we often observe, there is no shortage of commitment, but it’s going to take more than conversation to get us where we need to be.

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Businesses shouldn't wait to see how these commitments play out – there’s a big opportunity here for corporate leadership and there’s no time to waste

Q: What should companies do to ramp up this momentum?

EM: Businesses shouldn’t wait to see how these commitments play out — there’s a big opportunity here for corporate leadership and there’s no time to waste. We’re already seeing companies join forces to tackle biodiversity loss collectively, through initiatives like the Science Based Targets Network’s (SBTN) targets for nature, which provides guidance for companies on how to to set ambitious targets to tackle nature loss and encourages industry collaboration. As part of SBTN, Quantis advised on the initial guidance on nature-related metrics and expects methods to be released in 2021. We urge businesses to join the network to participate in industry-wide knowledge sharing — collaboration is key to scale our impact. 

At the same time, we recognize that a lot of companies aren’t sure how to get started or might not fully understand the risks.

Q: How can businesses get biodiversity-ready?

EM: The first step is to take stock and understand the role of biodiversity in their business and pinpoint where their company’s impacts truly lie with a biodiversity impact assessment. Many companies either don’t think they have an impact on biodiversity or misunderstand where their impacts are. They’re often surprised when they find out their hotpots aren’t necessarily where they would have guessed! From there, we can set appropriate targets and lay out an action plan to meet them. By breaking it down into steps and seeing how biodiversity fits into the bigger picture, it becomes much easier to tackle.

Ecotone is a great example of a food company we’ve worked with to help better understand, measure and rank their hotspots to be able to prioritize actions. Even as a company that is ahead in terms of its biodiversity journey, the results of the assessment surprised them! This really highlights why the impact assessment is such a critical first step.

Q: Sounds like biodiversity is set to stay on the global agenda this year. What should we expect next?

EM: We expect to see even more companies join the chorus of biodiversity commitments. The real challenge is to translate global goals and ambition into company-specific targets. The Science-Based Targets for Nature Initial Guidance for Business is a great place to start.

The Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD COP 15, is expected to take place in May 2021 in Kunming, China after having been postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. We’ll certainly be hearing more on the 30×30 commitment mentioned earlier. 

In the meantime, businesses need to put biodiversity front and center this year. We can’t afford to think about biodiversity as a “nice to have” — it goes hand-in-hand with business.

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Ready to start your biodiversity journey? Talk to Edith.

Edith Martin
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Chemical recycling technologies: part of the solution to plastics waste?

Could chemical recycling technologies help bring businesses closer to shaping a circular economy for plastics? A new Quantis report commissioned by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) attempts to answer this question — and more — by taking a critical look at the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of chemical recycling and its potential to close the plastic loop.

Plastic recycling rates are strikingly low, with less than 30% of plastics collected for recycling today in Europe. Incremental interventions (a signature of business-as-usual) won’t make a dent in the plastic waste problem. Turning the tide on plastic pollution and avoiding GHG emissions associated with its disposal will require businesses to embrace systemic change, seek out innovative solutions and think outside the box to boost recycling rates. Added to this equation, chemical recycling technologies could help lay the groundwork for a new plastic economy.

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Chemical recycling technologies for plastic waste could help fill a critical gap in shaping a circular economy for plastics and reducing GHG emissions.

So, what do the report’s findings mean for business? Tackling the plastics problem requires companies to take a systems-level approach — stepping in at different stages of the life cycle — and look for additional ways to improve recycling rates when “reduce”, “reuse” and existing mechanical recycling aren’t possible. Chemical recycling technologies can be used to recycle mixed or contaminated plastic waste that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill.

But before embracing new solutions such as these, companies need to ensure they align with their climate strategies and don’t simply shift negative impacts from one area of the value chain to another. This requires assessing the climate impact and trade-offs of potential solutions. Through providing a better view of the GHG emissions impacts of chemical recycling, Chemical Recycling: Greenhouse gas emission reduction potential of an emerging waste management route is a valuable first step in understanding its potential.

Want to learn more about chemical recycling and how it can contribute to your sustainability strategy?

Dominik Müller
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Quantis partner Olam wins 2020 Reuters Responsible Supply Chain award

Sustainable sourcing Responsible Supply Chain Award

Congratulations, Olam! 

Our partner, Olam International, received the 2020 Responsible Supply Chain Award, from Reuters Events’ Responsible Business Awards, for its sustainable sourcing solution AtSource. Quantis is proud to have built the environmental footprinting tool in AtSource. This makes it the most complete and comprehensive sustainable sourcing platform in the agri-food sector. We’re excited that AtSource is being recognized for its leadership in transparent and sustainable agri-food sourcing.

Responsible Sourcing Supply Chain Award

“This project is an important and ambitious undertaking for Olam and I could not think of a better partner than Quantis for it. Quantis’ unique combination of expertise in environmental science and creativity, has made this project a success.”

Tom Oldfield, PhD
AtSource Metric Manager

With demand for sustainable products on the rise, supply chain transparency has become a top priority for food and beverage companies. Olam partnered with Quantis to develop the Digital Footprint Calculator, a complement to AtSource, that converts agricultural and processing data into comprehensive insights on environmental impacts. It allows users to understand the environmental footprint of products across different supply chains and geographies from the farm-level up to the customer, empowering them with the data they need to identify hotspots and track progress on their sustainability targets.

Here’s what the judges had to say: “AtSource is a highly innovative and scalable plus well-established model that allows Olam’s customers – for the first time – to track the social and environmental footprint of a product from the farmer group, to their factory gate. It uses 150 economic, social and environmental metrics. Bringing transparency to what has been a rather opaque part of the commodity industry. Very much leading a new, sustainable path for their industry.”

Cheers to accelerating sustainable and transparent sourcing!

For more information on sustainable sourcing solutions, let Alexi be your guide.

Alexi Ernstoff, Phd
Lead Sustainability Communications Consultant
Quantis

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SPICE launches ecodesign tool for cosmetics packaging

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The SPICE Tool is live! 

The second year of the SPICE collaboration has yielded some game-changing solutions for the future of the beauty industry, and as our CEO Dimitri Caudrelier says — “we’re just getting started!”

Quantis and L’Oréal, together with 24 other members of the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE), are excited to announce the launch of the SPICE Tool — a science-based packaging ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of cosmetics packaging. We’re also releasing a set of best practice materials, including a guide on how companies can communicate credibly about the environmental attributes of their packaging.

"The SPICE Tool ushers the entire cosmetics industry into a new era of sustainable packaging innovation. It delivers robust environmental metrics and actionable insights for packaging designers to make resilient decisions. This is a huge step toward SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging — and we’re just getting started!”

Dimitri Caudrelier, Quantis CEO

An intuitive tool to accelerate ecodesign innovation across the industry

Quantis and L’Oréal founded SPICE in 2018 with a vision to unite the cosmetics industry around a shared mission: to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging. Now 25-members strong, the initiative meets regularly and works together to tackle the most pressing issues beauty and personal care companies face while trying to improve the environmental performance of their products’ packaging. One of the biggest challenges: embedding sustainability into the packaging development process. In other words, how to translate environmental footprinting metrics into actionable insights that can be used by packaging engineers to innovate on product designs that are better for the planet?

The SPICE Tool solves this challenge. This intuitive ecodesign tool calculates a holistic environmental footprint for any cosmetics packaging across the full lifecycle (from production to end-of-life), covering 16 environmental indicators that assess impacts on climate change as well as resource depletion, water use, biodiversity and more. The results are aggregated into a single score that supports benchmarking and decision-making.

To truly transform the beauty industry, we made sure the SPICE Tool is: 

  • Environmentally robust, based on the comprehensive and science-driven SPICE methodology developed in 2019;
  • Easy to use for packaging designers with varied levels of sustainability knowledge; and 
  • Available to the whole industry, not exclusively to SPICE members. 

The Free version and Pro version of the SPICE Tool are both available on the SPICE website.

Best practices for determining recyclability and communicating to consumers

Alongside the Tool, SPICE has released best practice materials including a guide on recyclability (a decision tree defining whether or not a packaging is recyclable) and claims guidelines for when companies want to communicate credibly about their packaging’s environmental performance. Accurately communicating about packaging’s environmental attributes can strengthen the positive perception of cosmetic brands. The SPICE Claims Guidelines lay out guidance for how to do that credibly, establishing minimum requirements and strong recommendations for providing packaging sustainability information to consumers and other audiences

SPICE is convinced that the best way to go farther, faster on sustainability is by working openly together. The SPICE Tool, best practice materials and SPICE committee meeting notes are all available on Open-SPICE.com.

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Looking to leverage environmental science to make smarter decisions? Reach out to...

Camille Rosay
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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CLIMATE WEEK: Resources + insights to build your science-based climate strategy

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This year’s Climate Week will be like none other. In a fully-virtual format, people from across the globe are tuning in to discuss and learn lessons from the pandemic to pursue a net-zero future through just transition. At a time when “build back better” plans project mixed outcomes for the planet, the business voice is getting louder — calling for ambitious and collective action for nature.

Businesses understand that incremental changes within current business models will only get them so far toward their climate objectives. Companies need systems-level changes and deep business model transformation. The sooner they start on that journey, the more resilient they will become.

In honor of this unique Climate Week, we’ve curated our best climate-related articles and webinar replays to support you and your team’s journey to looking beyond incremental emissions reductions to build a more resilient business model aligned with the global net-zero climate goal.

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Resources + insights to help you cultivate business resilience with a science-driven climate strategy:

> Watch Absolute Zero: A climate strategy for business resilience
Quantis’ approach to climate strategy helps you build business resilience and maximize your potential contribution to the fight on climate change. Absolute Zero means going beyond managing incremental progress to mapping the scale of change needed across supply chains, in business models and product innovation. Watch Quantis and partners Microsoft + Gold Standard discuss the latest in science-based climate strategies during this GreenBiz webinar.

> Watch Let’s talk about climate strategy: How to shape effective narratives and engage your audiences
Carbon neutral, net zero, climate targets, footprint reductions … what do these words really mean? And why should your audiences really care? Effective communications are key to engaging audiences on your climate strategy — from getting internal buy-in and support to showing customers that your brand is taking action. Our partners GORE-TEX + Arla Foods join us to clarify key climate terms, share insights for effectively engaging internal teams (even virtually!), and explore how a clear narrative can add deeper meaning for customers and consumers.

> Watch Natural Climate Solutions: Tap into the Opportunities
Forests, agriculture, soils and land have been recognized as key levers in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Tune in to hear how leading companies are working collaboratively to deploy natural climate solutions that reduce climate impacts, assess strategic opportunities, mitigate risks and develop strong partnerships across their supply chains. Quantis + Barry Callebaut + WRI share insights on this webinar hosted by GreenBiz.

> Read Destination net zero: how to build a credible neutrality strategy
We wrote this net zero article to ring in Super Year 2020 — “the year that could change it all” for sustainability. It has indeed been a world-turned-upside-down kind of year, though in ways we could not have predicted. What is clear is that businesses have never been more aware of their need to build more resilience in the face of global risks such as the climate crisis. This article lays out what you need to know about building a climate neutrality strategy that is credible and science-driven.

> Read Dig In: A landscape of business actions to cultivate a sustainable and resilient food system
Transformation of the food system is the strongest lever we have to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030. We’ve packed our 10+ years of expertise in food sustainability into the Dig In Food Report to give sustainability managers, executives and key corporate decision-makers a high-level vision of today’s most pressing challenges and solutions in the food sector. Kevin Rabinovitch, Global VP of Sustainability at Mars Incorporated, called it “a must-read map for your sustainability journey.” Bon appetit!

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Looking to build business resilience with a robust climate strategy? You’ll want to connect with Charlotte.

Charlotte Bande
Global Head of Climate Strategy
Quantis

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Quantis signs Business for Nature’s Call to Action + advises on first SBTs for Nature

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In this 11th year of Climate Week NYC, nature loss has taken center stage. Stakeholders of all kinds insist that the world’s climate targets can only be met with an integrated approach that includes actions to reverse degradation of the planet’s biodiversity, land, oceans and freshwater. As part of Quantis’ efforts to accelerate business action to protect and restore nature, we join Business for Nature’s Call to Action and celebrate the launch of the initial guidance on Science Based Targets for Nature

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Quantis is excited to be part of this growing business momentum to protect and restore nature using the best science available.

Nature is everyone’s business.

Today, Quantis joins more than 560 companies with combined revenue of $4 trillion including Walmart, Citigroup, Microsoft, JD.com, Hitachi, IKEA, Unilever, Axa, Mahindra Group and H&M Group to urge governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss in this decade. This Call to Action facilitated by Business for Nature is the first time so many businesses have stepped forward with the ambition of influencing discussions in the run up to delivering a Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. 

Government policies to reverse nature loss would help create a level playing field and unlock new business opportunities, but leading companies understand that they cannot wait for these policies before taking action. The sooner they begin shifting business models to align with the Earth’s capacity, the more resilient they will be. Many have already made commitments to reverse nature loss, and need a framework to define the level of ambition required for their company to do at least its fair share. This week, that framework has arrived.

Science-based guidance for businesses to tackle the nature crisis

Quantis partnered with the Science Based Targets Network to develop the first business-oriented guidance on “Science-Based Targets for Nature Initial Guidance for Business.” The initial guidance on SBTs for Nature guides companies to define their environmental strategy if they want their business to operate within planetary boundaries. In the same way that the Science Based Targets initiative translated the global 1.5 degrees climate goal into actionable GHG reduction targets, SBTs for Nature are expected to set the scientific standard for companies’ sustainability strategies on other Earth systems including biodiversity, land, water and oceans. This first public draft lays out the level of ambition expected and gives companies the elements they need to begin preparing their next set of environmental commitments. 

Launching SBTs for Nature is a massive step for corporate sustainability strategies aligned with science. We’re excited to have contributed to this trail-blazing project to protect and restore nature, and look forward to working together with our partners to set targets that will drive the solutions our planet needs. 

Let’s get to work!

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Looking to align your business with planetary boundaries? Reach out to Marcial.

Marcial Vargas-Gonzalez
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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The NEC metric awarded “Impact Initiative of the Year: Global”

Impact Initiative of the Year

Environmental Finance | The Net Environmental Contribution metric, developed with our partners at Sycomore Asset Management and I Care & Consult, has received Environmental Finance’s Impact Initiative of the Year: Global award. Quantis is proud to have helped shaped this robust tool that offers the finance community a revolutionarily-new way to measure the environmental impact of economic activities. Congrats to the entire NEC team!

The financial sphere has a long way to go to adequately integrate environmental issues into investment decisions. I am convinced this is more due to a lack of adequate tools than a lack of awareness from the financial community. Understanding business models' positive or negative contribution to the environmental transition requires manual research, and sometimes bumps into corporate disclosure limitations. The NEC metric required a significant R&D effort to provide the industry with a compass to orient investments toward positive contributors. We're thrilled to see it recognized as a trailblazing tool!

Benjamin Lenoel, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Quantis

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Earth Overshoot Day: Accelerating sustainability through design

This year, Earth Overshoot Day lands on August 22nd — three weeks later than last year. How did we manage it? Our shrinking footprint is largely linked to the global economic slowdown sparked by COVID-19. But the effect is likely to be temporary. As the world begins to emerge from the crisis, emissions and other impacts could bounce back to pre-pandemic proportions with a return to business-as-usual.

To shape a truly resilient and sustainable future, we’ll need to do so through design, not disaster. Luckily, aligning businesses activities with planetary boundaries isn’t out of reach. We’ve gathered a few key resources to help companies take effective actions to drive meaningful, long-term change.

Shaping a truly sustainable and resilient future can only be achieved through design, not disaster.

Taking ambitious climate action

Building business resilience and maximizing an organization’s potential contribution to the fight on climate change starts with an ambitious, science-driven climate strategy that goes beyond setting relative sustainability targets for incremental improvements.

> Check out the webinar: Absolute Zero: A climate strategy for business resilience

> Watch the Ready > Set > Go Beyond webinar series

Harnessing the power of natural climate solutions

Forests, agriculture, soils and land are key levers in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Now it’s time to harness the power of nature to reach our critical climate goals.

> Tune into the webinar: Natural Climate Solutions: Tap into the opportunities

> Download the Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions Guidance

> Read: Natural Climate Solutions: How 4 global companies leverage nature to tackle the climate crisis

Transforming the food system

Transformation of the food system is one of the strongest levers we have to keep global temperature rise to the 1.5˚C cap and #MovetheDate of Earth Overshoot Day back.

What are the most important levers of change in the food system?

  • Tackling land-use change and deforestation
  • Digging in to soil health and regenerative agriculture
  • Addressing food loss and waste from farm to fork
  • Innovating product lines to include more plant-based goods

> Download the DIG IN Food Report

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New guidance for countries to measure and eliminate plastic pollution

Introducing an exciting new resource designed to help countries, regions and cities to stop plastic pollution in its tracks: The National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action!

Co-developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with technical support from Quantis and EA — Shaping Environmental Action and the Life Cycle Initiative, the Guidance provides a first-of-its-kind methodology for countries, regions and cities to identify plastic leakage hotspots and locate their impacts along the value chain. It will be invaluable in helping government and other stakeholders design, plan and implement policy instruments and actions to reduce plastic pollution.

A first-of-its-kind methodology for countries, regions and cities to make meaningful progress on tackling plastic pollution.

Similar to the business-focused Plastic Leak Project Guidelines, the Guidance takes a holistic approach, covering major types of plastic polymers and products, as well as their leakages. It also looks into impacts along the full value chain.

The Guidance aims to help countries, regions and cities answer three key questions:

  1. Where to act? (Hotspots)
    • Identify the predominant type of leakage and its impact along the plastic value chain
    • Identify where the leakage is occurring at national, sub-national or local levels
    • Identify the key drive of the leakage in the waste management system 
  2. What to do? (Interventions)
    • Identify and prioritize interventions to address the hotspots, while also considering potential environmental or socio-economic trade-offs
  3. How to do it? (Instruments)
    • Identify and prioritize effective instruments, including regulatory, financial or informative measures, to implement relevant interventions
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Ready to harness environmental science to tackle plastic leakage? Let's talk!

Violaine Magaud
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Quantis + partners ramp up food sustainability data project, launching WFLDB Phase 3

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Accounting for approximately 27% of global GHGs, our worldwide food system is ripe for change. Indeed, transformation of the food system is the strongest lever we have to limit global warming to 1.5°C. To transition to more resilient and sustainable models, agri-food companies need sustainability strategies that are based on robust environmental data — data that reflects the influence of farming practices and supply chain interventions, allowing companies to track progress over time. We’re pleased to announce the launch of the World Food LCA Database’s third strategic phase to bring food environmental data to the next level of impact. 

The World Food LCA Database (WFLDB) is a longstanding initiative spearheaded by Quantis with key corporate players in the agri-food space. For 8 years already, the WFLDB has been the go-to database providing sustainability managers and corporate decision-makers with the robust data they need to understand their products’ impacts all along the lifecycle, and build ambitious and relevant sustainability strategies. The third strategic phase of WFLDB will increase the number and granularity of datasets as well as ensure data quality through an independent inspection and certification body.

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Agri-food companies need sustainability strategies that are based on robust environmental data

To better support agri-food companies’ decision-making and accelerate the transition to a more resilient food system, the World Food LCA Database Phase 3 project will focus on three strategic objectives:

  • Increase the granularity of existing datasets by introducing various farming practices and supply chain interventions
  • Continue to fill in data gaps for a representative coverage of the food value chain
  • Maintain, update and improve datasets developed in Phases 1 and 2

Joining Quantis on this three-year collaborative initiative are 7 corporate partners including  General Mills, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé, The Coca Cola Company, PepsiCo, and Unilever, as well as Control Union Certifications.

Ensuring data quality with farm-level insights

For this third phase of the initiative, Quantis has partnered with Control Union Certifications, an independent inspection and certification body focused on developing services around the sustainability of the agriculture, forestry and textile industries. Drawing on its extensive sector expertise and experience developing and implementing private sustainability programs, Control Union Certifications will verify the WFLDB datasets and help define relevant farming typologies and development of representative datasets.

Datasets from the World Food LCA Database are currently available to project stakeholders, and WFLDB Phase 3 remains open to new corporate members.

Looking to leverage environmental science to make smarter decisions? Reach out to...

Tereza Lévová
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Introducing the SPICE Primer

SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging for cosmetics continues…

To keep up momentum and bring more cosmetics players on board as we enter the initiative’s third year, SPICE co-founders Quantis and L’Oréal have created a summary document presenting SPICE. The SPICE Primer offers an overview of the initiative’s ambition, scope of work and the value it brings to the cosmetics industry. We created the Primer to provide existing and potential members with a resource to help internal teams understand SPICE’s mission, foster engagement and build a robust business case for action.

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"Quantis is honored to co-lead SPICE and guide major players in the cosmetics industry on this ambitious journey. Packaging is an important lever for cosmetics sustainability strategies and we know we will go farther, faster together. SPICE is developing the knowledge, frameworks and tools companies need to make resilient decisions — and we’re just getting started!"

Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis

Shaping a sustainable future for cosmetics

SPICE is working collectively to make significant progress in different areas:

  1. Comprehensive and scientific footprinting methodology
  2. Proof of concept through case studies
  3. User-friendly eco-design tool for decision-making 
  4. Multi-indicator and sector-specific environmental database
  5. Environmental claims guidance for credible communications 

In 2018, L’Oréal and Quantis launched SPICE, a pre-competitive initiative that now includes 24 global cosmetics brands and organizations along the packaging value chain. Together, SPICE members co-create methodologies and tools to drive the future of sustainable packaging for cosmetics.

In 2019, SPICE delivered a comprehensive, science-driven, publicly-available methodology for assessing the environmental impact of cosmetics packaging across a product’s life cycle. This methodology empowers teams in cosmetics companies to accelerate sustainable transformation by producing relevant and robust environmental footprints. 

In 2020, the Initiative is developing a tool to evaluate the environmental impact of packaging. The tool will be unveiled in the coming months.

Stay tuned for more!

Quantis Team

Want to learn more about the Initiative and how to get involved? Contact Camille Rosay.

Camille Rosay
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Dimitri Caudrelier becomes CEO + reinforces crew

Quantis Announces New CEO

2020 has turned out to be a landmark year in ways many of us could not have predicted. But at Quantis, we’re as determined as ever to make 2020 the year that kicks off the Decade of Change, critical for putting the world on a more sustainable trajectory. We’re making some exciting changes that will usher in a new era for Quantis and bolster our potential to drive sustainable impact on a global scale. 

We’re thrilled to share that Dimitri Caudrelier is taking the helm as CEO of Quantis, transitioning into the role occupied by Emmanuelle Aoustin for the past six years. Dimitri has most recently served as the Director of Quantis France and has been a dedicated Quantisian for the last 11 years. With his vibrant energy, robust sustainability expertise and strong leadership, Dimitri is the ideal captain for this exciting new chapter.

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“Quantis has been on an incredible journey, progressing alongside the integration of sustainability into and across businesses. I’m pleased that Dimitri has accepted to take Quantis to the next level. Most importantly, Dimitri is admired for his sincerity and compassion as a leader, one who exemplifies the mission of Quantis. He’s a visionary thinker with a sharp understanding of how businesses can tackle the biggest challenge of our time.”

Manuele Margni, Quantis Chairman of the Board

Dimitri joined our team of creative geeks in Lausanne in 2009 and has proven himself as a sustainability analyst, consultant and then Director of Quantis France. His embodiment of the Quantis Spirit and his passion for sustainability is matched only by an avid enthusiasm for sailing. Shortly after joining Quantis, Dimitri led an expedition around the globe to raise awareness for the environment. The tour took him to 21 countries in over 21 months, and inspired the creation of his book, “100 pionniers pour la planète” (100 Pioneers for the Planet).

“I’m honored to lead our entire team and our mission at Quantis. We have achieved great transformation over the past years with Emmanuelle and I look forward to bringing a fresh new dynamic and vision to our people and the work we do. I’ve always been energized by connections — connecting great people or even connecting problems with solutions so we can make a bigger impact at Quantis to build a sustainable future,” explains Dimitri. 

“It’s not the moment to slow down on sustainability. 2020 is not canceled. It can still be the year that opens up the decade of change. Together, we must design a new world, one where businesses operate within our planet’s boundaries and elevate our social fabric,” he adds.

Strengthening our crew

We’ve also been busy strengthening our crew to prepare for the decade of change that lies ahead. Since the start of the year, we’ve added some great new talents to our Consulting, Talent, Administration & Finance, Communication & Engagement Services, Marketing and Digital Solutions teams.

To support Dimitri in taking Quantis’ ambition and mission to the next level, we have filled and shifted some key strategic roles across the Quantis ecosystem.

Anne Désérable will step into the role of Director, Quantis France to lead our Paris-based team. Stateside, Sarah Beaubien will transition from Head of Western US to Director, Quantis US, replacing Bryan Sheehan, and will welcome five new Quantisians to reinforce our presence in the US. In Berlin, we’re thrilled to welcome Ivo Mersiowsky as Director, Quantis Germany.

We’ve also created new roles, headed up by senior consultants within Quantis, to bolster our global services and further our impact. We couldn’t be happier to have Annabelle Stamm as Director, Client Relations, Charlotte Bande as Global Head of Climate Strategy, and Gregory Simonnin leading Quantis’ Corporate Footprint Services

On behalf of all Quantis, we thank those who will be pursuing other professional adventures: Emmanuelle Aoustin for her leadership and commitment during a critical time of transformation at Quantis and for Bryan Sheehan for both his integrity and impact  at Quantis US. See the press release for more thoughts from these Quantis alumni. 

It’s an exciting time at Quantis. With a strong crew and new captain, we’re ready to navigate and lead the way toward a more resilient future.

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Quantis releases new report to guide beauty brands towards becoming sustainable businesses

Make up the Future

It’s time for the big reveal! Introducing… Make Up the Future: Levers of change for a sustainable cosmetics business

Make Up the Future is a valuable new resource designed for cosmetics and personal care players to become sustainable businesses and thrive in today’s fast-changing world. The report provides a primer on the top issues cosmetics and personal care brands need to have on their radar, shares the 1st estimates of the industry’s environmental footprint and delivers a palette of science-based solutions that will build business resilience and shape a positive future for beauty. It also issues a call to action for beauty players to join forces to fill critical data gaps to enhance understanding of the industry’s impacts.

We’ve packed this report with insights drawn from our 10+ years of experience developing transformative sustainability strategies and concrete examples from sustainability leaders in beauty. We’re thrilled to share it!

Make up the Future

“Climate change, shifting lifestyles and stakeholder expectations around sustainability will define beauty for the next decade. The time is now to take action to transition to a sustainable model. Indeed, it’s time to design — to make up — the future we want for beauty and personal care. As a first step, brands will need to assess whether they are operating within or above our planet’s boundaries.”

Dimitri Caudrelier
Director of Quantis France and Global Cosmetics Industry Lead

Climate change, lifestyle trends emphasizing health and well-being and shifting stakeholder expectations around sustainability are changing the face of beauty. To successfully navigate these new dynamics and thrive in an increasingly resource-constrained world, cosmetics and personal care brands will need to step up and demonstrate leadership on sustainability and transparency. The good news is: there is already a strong desire in the industry to make strides in sustainability. What brands need now to accelerate action are the insights, tools and solutions that will help them transition to a sustainable business model.

We created Make Up the Future to help meet this need. It features insights and analysis from our sustainable cosmetics experts, informative infographics, case studies and concrete examples from sustainability leaders in beauty, including Beautycounter, Chanel Fragrance & Beauty, Coty, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal, French Federation for Beauty Companies (Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté – FEBEA) and the Personal Care Products Council.

The report demonstrates how science-driven action across three levels —  industry, corporate and product — will shape a resilient future for cosmetics. Make Up the Future also shares the first estimates of the industry’s environmental footprint, shedding light on the key areas where innovative and science-backed solutions can lead to significant impact reduction. The report’s insights and analysis will empower sustainability managers, corporate decision-makers and their teams to:

  • Prioritize efforts and resources on the topics that will make a meaningful difference;
  • Collect high-quality, consistent and representative data to better understand environmental impacts across the value chain;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation within companies and across the industry;
  • Set bold environmental goals that will lay the foundation of resilience in a resource-constrained world; and
  • Accelerate industry-wide action.

Want to hear more from beauty leaders and sustainability experts? Grab your seat at our webinar.

WEBINAR JUNE 10: Hear from Quantis, L’Oréal and other sustainability leaders in beauty as they explore the collective and individual brand actions that shape  a resilient  future for cosmetics . Register for the WEBINAR: Make Up the Future: Beauty leaders share how science-based actions can positively change the industry’s image and its impact.

Quantis Team

It’s time to make up the future we want for beauty and personal care. Is your business ready? Let’s talk!

Dimitri Caudrelier
Director of Quantis France
Global Cosmetics Lead
Quantis

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Driving sustainable change #notcanceled

In the past few weeks, the world has been thrust into a very different reality. As we navigate this uncharted territory, we are all learning new ways of working, connecting and moving through life. And there are a lot of questions about what the future holds.

But one thing remains steadfast:
our mission to drive sustainable change. 

The climate crisis continues and so does our commitment and determination to shape a resilient future. It’s still Super Year 2020, after all. The year that launches us into the decade of action.

Yes, we’re here – as motivated as ever – to support you in your mission, too.

Many of our clients and partners look to Quantis and to our website for resources as they continue to transform their businesses. If you find yourself needing a change of pace or looking for a way to stay connected to your purpose during this unprecedented period, we have curated a library of resources below covering the key sustainability topics of the moment: climate neutrality, food system sustainability, natural climate solutions and much more on our website.

If you have any ideas or needs, or if you’d like some inspiration, give us a shout. The entire Quantis team is here to help move our collective mission forward.

– Your Partners at Quantis

Dive into the key sustainability topics of the moment

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Quantis launches first science-driven guidelines for business to tackle plastic pollution

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Exciting news: Businesses now have a way to turn their commitments to reining in plastic pollution into meaningful actions with real impact.

The Plastic Leak Project (PLP), led by Quantis and ecodesign center EA, in partnership with 35 private and scientific organizations, has released the Plastic Leak Project Guidelines, the first standardized methodology to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage across corporate value chains.

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“This actionable metric is a major step forward — it is the tool companies need to design better products and data-driven strategies to stop plastic pollution along their value chains.”

Julien Boucher, Director of ecodesign center EA

Plastic pollution is a growing risk for businesses. Companies face growing pressure from investors, consumers and increasingly governments to take urgent action toward a circular model of plastics management. Until now, they have lacked clear, reliable data and methods to translate their plastic commitments into actions with measurable and tangible impact. As a result, many of the policies and efforts to date have been based on best guesses rather than science; and therefore, don’t get to the root causes of plastic pollution.

The result of a yearlong collaboration within the Plastic Leak Project, the Guidelines enable businesses at all stages to calculate and report estimates of plastic and microplastic leakage. With a plastic leakage assessment, companies can locate hotspots, estimate the amount of leakage, and identify the factors contributing to the leakage across their value chains.

It’s a valuable tool for sustainability managers, corporate decision-makers, R&D teams, product and packaging designers, marketing teams and supply chain managers to:

  • develop plastics strategies
  • define priorities and targeted actions,
  • improve product design efforts,
  • identify value chain innovations,
  • track progress and 
  • communicate credibly about the environmental performance of products and the business as a whole

The methodology is applicable across sectors ranging from agri-food and apparel to cosmetics, shipping and beyond, to assess plastic leakage linked to transport, textiles, plastic products and packaging, and plastic pellets.

Join the webinar 

Want to learn more about this exciting new resource? Join Quantis, IUCN, Sympatex and Arla Foods for the WEBINAR: Tackling plastic pollution – introducing science-driven guidelines to address plastic leakage in corporate value chains on April 2nd to present the PLP guidelines and outline how businesses can leverage them to drive effective plastic pollution strategies.

Quantis Team

Ready to assess your company’s plastic leakage? Laura is the one to talk to!

Laura Peano
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Video: Worms for the future – Ÿnsect teams up with Quantis to fuel its vision for a sustainable food future

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Since 2015, Quantis has worked with Ÿnsect — an ag-tech innovator specialized in breeding insects to make premium ingredients for fish feed, pet food and organic plant fertilizers — to develop robust environmental metrics that it can leverage to tackle critical impacts in its value chain and optimize its business model.

In February 2019, Ÿnsect announced it raised $125 million (€110m) in a Series C funding round to support its ambition of becoming a leader in alternative protein. In this video, Ÿnsect CEO Antoine Hubert shares the story of how environmental metrics have been critical in building investor confidence and will continue to play an important role in keeping Ÿnsect on-mission as it scales.

"Ÿnsect worked with Quantis to embed environmental KPIs into their business and demonstrate the positive impact of Ÿnsect products. These metrics were critical to Ÿnsect’s Series C fundraising, one of the biggest ag-tech deals in history."

Antoine Hubert, CEO, Ÿnsect

Ÿnsect farms and processes mealworms into sustainable ingredients to feed pets and fish, and fertilize plants. It set off 7 years ago on a mission: to give insects a massive role in food sustainability. Investors get it — Ÿnsect just raised $125 million!

Metrics are key to convince investors of business profitability. And an impact-tech company needs financial and environmental metrics. So, Ÿnsect worked with Quantis to embed environmental KPIs into its business and demonstrate the positive impact of Ÿnsect products. These metrics were indispensible for Ÿnsect’s Series C fundraising, one of the biggest ag-tech deals in history.

As it scales, Ÿnsect is committed to staying aligned with its initial mission. It will build 15 new factories around the world to produce 1M tons of insects. To keep environmental impact at the core, Ÿnsect will work with Quantis to develop customized tools to integrate sustainability metrics into its day to day business, leveraging data to tackle critical impacts in the value chain and optimize its business model.

Check out Ÿnsect’s press release for details on this exciting project.

To learn more about how Quantis can support your company’s journey to build a sustainable food future, how about a chat with Edith Martin?

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